"To love is to lay oneself open for loss.  That is the bargain we make with ourselves, because it is worth it."

Today is Valentine's Eve- -the entire world is preparing for a grand celebration tomorrow.  I am thinking of the quote above and remembering to be thankful.  We will all suffer the pain of loss---if we love---sooner or later--we must endure the pain.  One of the keys to enduring the loss is remembering the blessing that came with loving someone.  There is always a blessing and things which make it all bearable.

My Children

My Grandchildren

Such Blessings And A Wonderful Legacy!

There is another far-far greater than me--who loved us---and left Himself open to the pain.  The pain He endured that we might live and love is beyond our comprehension.  Today I am focusing on the lessons in love that He has taught me--selfless love--love with a cost---a high price--and yet He still loved us--knowing the pain to come--He gave Himself and taught us the true meaning of love---He is the author and the creator--He teaches me how to love each and every day and He has faithfully held me each step of the way. If we love Him--if we follow Him--it is worth it---even when we suffer pain---He is worth it.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will  know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 13:34-35

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